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Vegetable Gardening Program

All classes will be held at Belvidere High School located at 1500 East Ave. Belvidere. Participants should park by the greenhouse behind the Performing Arts Center, and enter through door 30.
Starting a vegetable garden can be a very confusing and intimidating process if it’s something you’ve never done before. University of Illinois Extension is offering a series of programs this spring to help you get started in vegetable gardening. The cost for this program is $5 per session or $20 for the entire series. Classes can be taken individually or as a whole series.

The Vegetable Gardening series will provide you with the basic information on starting a vegetable garden in your own backyard or at a community or school garden plot. From choosing a site to managing your pests, this program will cover everything you need to know.

March 10 from 4:00 -5:30 Site Selection and Raised Beds
Placement is really everything in a vegetable garden, and the first step is to choose a site and analyze the soil. Learn about the best location for a vegetable garden, how to take a soil test, and find out the benefits of raised beds and how to easily build a raised bed garden.

March 31 from 4:00-5:30 Seed Starting and Transplant Production
Come learn the basics of starting vegetable seeds including choosing seed varieties, tips on proper seeding, and how to care for newly started transplants. Participants will have the opportunity to start a flat of their own seeds and grow those in a greenhouse until the next program in the series. Supplies included.

April 21 from 4:00-5:30 Cool Season Crops
Come learn about the early season crops you can grow this spring. This program will cover the cool season crops that can help extend the harvest. And speaking of extending the harvest, we’ll also discuss techniques for protecting your plants form the cool weather allowing you to get plants started sooner. Participants will also pick up their seed started at the last session.

May 5 from 4:00-5:30 Warm Season Crops
Now is the time to start thinking about those warm season crops you can get started early for warm season summer production. This program will cover the warm season crops that are staples in the vegetable garden.

June 9 from 4:00-5:30- Vegetable Pest and Disease Management
Various pest and disease problems are common in a vegetable garden yearly. Come learn how to identify the most common vegetable pests and diseases and hear how to manage them using a variety of cultural, non-chemical, or chemical controls.


To register for this program, please contact University of Illinois Extension office at 815-544-3710 or visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Boone County Extension office at 815/544-3710.